February 18, 2018
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Kiwanis donates $1,000 to Knox County Homeless Coalition

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The Kiwanis Club of Rockland sponsored the first annual Cupcake Challenge to raise money for the Knox County Homeless Coalition. A total of $1,000 was raised from the sale of tickets at which attendees made donations for the privilege of sampling and voting for the best cupcakes in specific categories. Pictured with some of the organizers are the winners of the competition.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Kiwanis Club made a $1,000 donation to the newly formed Knox County Homeless Coalition during its weekly meeting on May 20.
The Knox County Homeless Coalition is the organization that intends to reopen the former Hospitality House in Rockport to assist those in need of emergency housing. The money was raised during the recent Kiwanis Cupcake Challenge, an event featuring the sweet talents of more than a dozen entrants, held at Rock Harbor Restaurant on May 11.

Participants in three categories were responsible for baking several dozen of their best cupcakes, which were then sampled and popularly judged by individuals who paid a $10 entry fee.  The official judging of the baked goods was done by three individuals, each representing Rockland Kiwanis, the Homeless Coalition, and the general public.

Approximately 70 people attended the event, many of whom made additional donations besides the $10 fee.

The Cupcake Challenge “People’s Choice Award” winners are as follows:

  • Student Category – Ryan Calamari of Owls Head.
  • Individual Adult Category – Trish Crowell of Owls Head.
  • Business Category – Cindy Blastow of Mason’s Creations of Thomaston.
  • The overall winner for “Best Cupcake” as selected by the official judges was Susan Baines of South Thomaston.

Kiwanis Cupcake Challenge event Chairwoman Katie Tarbox said that the members of the Kiwanis Club were ecstatic about the amount of money raised during this first-time affair, which was intended to be a one-time-only occasion. She added that with the overall success, plans are under way to do a second annual Cupcake Challenge next spring.

Through hands-on efforts and fundraising events, the members of the local Kiwanis Club are part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

FMI on Kiwanis: go to www.rocklandkiwanis.org; and FMI on the Knox County Homeless Coalition, call Pinny Beebe-Center at Penquis at 207.596.0361.